This is my 4th Me-Made-May and it’s a special time of year for me as it was the springboard back into sewing a handmade wardrobe three years ago after a seven year gap. Having young children brought about all sorts of … Continue reading
I’m always a little hesitant when I receive a message from someone I don’t know but this was a lovely surprise! Vishruti from Fibers to Fabric contacted me via Instagram a few weeks ago, asking whether I’d be interested in … Continue reading
March was a busy month, starting with a visit to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia on a very snowy Thursday. Amazingly my travels went smoothly and I had a lovely afternoon catching up with creative friends. I … Continue reading
Sometimes it takes a while to find just the right combination of pattern and fabric. This time it has taken a couple of months but I’m glad I waited. The fabric – Kirstine from the Outback Wife range by Gertrude … Continue reading
How many coats is too many? I have added three to my handmade wardrobe during the last few months. Having got through a rather mild winter in 2016/17 with my Clare Coat, I decided it was time … Continue reading
My sewing story is a long one so I won’t tell it all at once. I’ll share the more recent phase with you, which followed a number of ups and downs in my creative journey since childhood. If you want … Continue reading
Since we stepped into the New Year, I’ve enjoyed watching a selection of #NewYearsResewlutions videos on YouTube. The challenge has been set by Boz and Candy and seems a good way to continue reflecting on the past and coming years. I have no plans for videos so thought I’d answer the questions here instead.
1. What’s your favourite make of 2017? Why?
I sewed Vogue 1208 in red wool crepe, which was my first bias cut garment for some time. The first one I remember making was in 1998 when I was a student and I’d just got to grips with garment sewing. It was a delight to sew and to wear this dress for a family meal just before Christmas.
2. What did you attempt in 2017 that you won’t be doing next year? Why not?
I made far too many impractical – but beautiful – dresses and had few occasions to wear them. This year, dresses will have to be practical ones, unless a special occasion arises!
3. What are you going to continue doing?
One of the best things about last year was building friendships with other sewing-minded folk and feeling less isolated in my making. That’s definitely where I want to invest time and energy, in listening, learning and creating together.
Day twenty of #miymarch17 with @thatwendyward and @dressmakerssocial : Community After sewing alone for a very long time it's indescribably lovely to have sewing friends and envouragers (and yarn-loving friends too!). Finding the sewing community online and locally enables us to support and encourage each other and sometimes to reconnect with folk we knew years before in a different context. #sewupnorth and #sewdowndewsbury helped so much, as did the pre- #monetaparty, in meeting online friends in real life
4. What are you going to try next year?
I intend to keep learning and refining sewing, fitting and finishing techniques, especially in making the most of my cover stitch machine. In February I’ll be making (another!) coat as part of #sewmystyle and would like to make it slowly and thoughtfully.
I’d also like to plan my sewing better so that my wardrobe is more coherent and that getting dressed in a morning is less stressful! I’ve bought the By Hand London sewing planner and have downloaded the Seamwork planner so will use a combination of the two.
5. Where do you see your handmade wardrobe by the end of next year? What about in five years?
I would like to have a handmade wardrobe that is practical, suited to my needs, sustainable and stylish. Im getting there steadily and wear self-sewn clothing most of the time. This week I stocked up on versatile basics in the sale at The Shuttle to help me fill some gaps, including the Melody trousers from my ##2018makenine plans.
Budget-friendly fabrics from the sale at The Shuttle: washable cotton velvet, striped jersey (turned out to be two layers, grey on the reverse!) black French terry and double knit, stretch poly cotton denim and dark denim. Planning @seamworkmag Melody trousers & Tessa jeans, @thatwendyward Monsal pants, Peak t-shirt and Winnats tank and @burda_style 1/2018-107 leggings. 10m of fabric for just over £21 to fill some wardrobe gaps.
Self-sewn underwear is part of my longer term plan, both this year and beyond, as that’s the area that I have worked on the least so far. It’s not something I want to rush. My experience of sewing for my husband has been mixed so I’ll be looking to sew more menswear and work alongside my daughters to help them develop their sense of style and perhaps learn to sew their own clothes too!
I’ll keep this short as I’ve been procrastinating for a while, having made my coat before Christmas! Photographing navy blue wool is tricky, so I made the most of a rare sunny afternoon to try and capture this. Way back … Continue reading
2017 was a busy year in my creative life, especially for sewing. I joined two year-long challenges – more on those below – and took part in Me Made May, #sewphotohop and #bpsewvember. Most wonderfully, I have been blessed with … Continue reading
We have found that each of the four of us has a distinct colour palette, which makes fabric shopping much easier! The Smaller Small likes pink, peach and purple whereas the Big Small – like me – veers towards greens, … Continue reading